Lee  Gaskins'     AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair  
                     Web  Design and Art/Illustration   copyrighted  2008 
After  the  Fair  and  before  destruction,  people  enjoying  some snowy  fun  during  the  winter.  
The magnificent arches form the Palace of Transportation stand temporarily amid the destruction. (picture  sent and courtesy of Mike Truax 1904 WFS president)
The beauitiful bridges were demolished, the waterways, drained. (picture  sent and courtesy of Mike Truax 1904 WFS president)
After the  dynamite, the  remains of    Ferris' great  Observational Wheel. (picture  sent and courtesy of Mike Truax 1904 WFS president)
Another  view of a private photo of  George ferris' destreroyed masterpiece. 

The grand palaces, state buildings, pike concessions, foreign structures, attractions, Cascades and all that was the 1904 World's Fair had to be removed. Designed as a temporary paradise of man's finest achievements and goals. The fairgrounds as well as Forest Park would have to be  returned to a condition  better than  before the Fair. It took 1,000,000 dollars and three years to accomplish this.

Landscape architect George Kessler was assigned to carry out the restoration plan.

The Chicago Wrecking Co. bid  386,000 dollars to demolish and remove the debris, paying in increments  of  100,000 dollars  every  6 weeks. The large exhibit palaces, stayed up  until the spring  of  1905,  then  were  torn down, mountains of staff and wood had to be transported to the landfill for disposal. The same train trains that delivered materials to the Fair and gave it life, now carried its removal. The live stock barns were the first to go.

The demolition contract did not include the State, Nation and Pike buildings.

While the  massive palaces were easily and quickly removed, the Pike structures, including the observation wheel  were not so easily disposed of.  Many stood for months delaying the restoration of the area.

The State buildings for the most part were not built of staff, and thus  many were sold and relocated to  different locations. Given  the  considerable cost  of  these  buildings, it is amazing to  hear  that  some  State  buildings  were sold for less than  a hundred  dollars.  Some of  the  buildinMaine’s hunting lodge made of native timbers and without nails became Dobyn’s Hall, the first building of the School of the Ozarks in Hollister, Missouri.  The pavilions from Nevada, New Jersey and New Hampshire were turned into  homes in the St. Louis area.

The Inside  Inn    was done  by   the  company  owning  the  structure  and  was  started  even  before  closing  day.  

Because the 1904 World's Fair was profitable, the Exposition Company built a grand building  as a gift to the City of St. Louis. The Jefferson Memorial now stands on what would have was the main entrance to the Fair. It is now the Missouri Historical Museum. It was dedicated in 1913. 

Built on the site of the Missouri Building (which had burned down), the Exposition also constructed a World's Fair Pavilion as a second gift to the City of St. Louis. Construction was finished in 1910.  

The Sculptures- "Painting" and "Sculpture" what were originally staff constructs were recreated in marble. These sculptures now flank the Main entrance to the St. Louis Art Museum.

The grand Flight Cage was saved and renovated.  Today, it remains a  bird aviary as part of the St. Louis Zoo.

26 "heroic size" plaster statues were purchased from St. Louis World's Fair for the city of Dallas.  They are subsequently placed in various spots at Fair Park, including atop the bandstand and near the race track.

A few years later, two statues of lions were donated to Penn State after they were used in the Pennsylvania Mines Exhibit at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. They were placed atop the columns at the main campus entrance on College and Allen streets.